A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that scientists should be more precise about how much warming is occurring and that scientists have yet to establish a consensus on how much that warming is causing.
The report was released on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump took to Twitter to suggest that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
The report, titled “Measuring the Scientific Consensus on Climate,” concludes that while there is no consensus on whether humans are causing global warming, it does not dispute that “most climate scientists agree that humans are contributing to climate change.”
The panel found that there is a “high level of agreement” among climate scientists that humans “are causing significant warming” and “a high degree of uncertainty” on the extent of that warming.
It found that, as a whole, the world has seen “a rapid and accelerating increase in average global surface temperatures” since the end of the 20th century.
But “there is a significant degree of disagreement about how strong these warming trends are.”
This is the first time the IPCC has issued a report on global warming.
It has conducted similar reports in the past, but it has been decades since there has been a new report.
The first such report was issued in 1992, and it was the second in the field of global warming after the 1998 report.